As many of you may know, Aerie is a popular store targetted towards young women to purchase lingerie, accessories, and clothing. Today, I walked inside of Aerie because I was looking for a bathing suit. As I was walking around, I noticed something. Most of the photos around the store of Aerie models were of white, skinny girls. I wasn’t exactly surprised, but it was just a reminder as to how little diversity there seems to be in the advertising, cosmetic, and clothing industry. The message it sounds out to young women is that you must look the way the models do to look good in the bra, shirt, or whatever the piece of clothing may be. Here are some photos from Aerie:
These photos disgust me. Not only are they ridiculously photoshopped, but all the girls are so skinny. Its not out of the ordinairy to see models that look like this, but it doesn’t make it hurt any less! It promotes negative body image to those who are not as skinny as the models above. What do you think? Comment below and let me know!
What does it mean to be white/heterosexual/male/cisgender/upper class (etc) in this situation?
Would I be listened to if I didn’t hold this privilege?
Is this an oppurtunity for everyone, or is this an oppurtunity ONLY given to me for any reason?
Notice: How people of different abilities, people of color, LGBT people, non-cisgender people, middle-class and working class people, people of size, etc, are promoted, seen, treated, and talked about.
Am I stepping into a situation where someone is not being listened to because of their gender, identity, race, sexuality, etc. Am I making sure everyone is getting the same chance to express their opinions?
Am I interupting an offensive joke made towards a target group?
These are just a few things you can ask yourself to make sure you are actively being an ally to people who are different than you, and not abusing your power as a privilege group member.
To get more information on this topic, here are some great resources:
Once again, this is from the camp I went to, CLI. This is what we came up with:
How Racism Plays Out in Schools
Deragatory terms towards racial groups
Assumptions made my looking at your skin color
Teachers expecting white kids to be smarter and acting shocked when a person of color knows the right answer
Seperation in social groups
Teachers trying to help white students get their grades up, and not the students of color.
How Racism Plays Out in the Community
Negative comments about biracial couples
Seperated social groups
What we Can Do:
Talk to the administration about whats going on
Help the administration focus on equity
Be friends with people of all different races
Educate community members
Stand up to people saying racists comments
Raise awareness about whats going on in different ways
Maybe this will give you an idea of how to stop racism in your community and notice how it plays out. Comment below and let me know your expiriences with racism in the community! Photo from Google Images (: